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The Letters

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Mexico, 2015. Dir. Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez. 77mins

A sensuous and philosophical story of corruption.

Behind the dark, sensuous and almost hallucinatory imagery, a grim story is smouldering about a school teacher and social activist, who after a questionable trial was convicted for killing four police officers in a Mexican province. The letters he wrote to his daughter from prison are a fierce indictment against a corrupt system. Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez attempts to transcend the traditional constraints of the documentary genre in favour of a sensorial and suggestive practice, without losing sight of its political and social message. Just as the activist’s letters to his daughter instil courage for continued resistance, The Letters is a film that inspires a renewed faith in the artistic relevance of documentary filmmaking.

Filmmaker in attendance via Skype for Q+A

UK Premiere

Sunday 24th April 2016, 4pm, ICA London

Earlier Event: April 23
Lost and Beautiful
Later Event: April 24
Kings of Nowhere